The 2016 DRAWING NOW Award

Jochen Gerner

Jochen Gerner is a French artist, born in 1970. He lives and works in Nancy, France. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Nancy and a member of OuBaPo, he critically analyzes language and images by distorting common visual codes.

Gerner is the author of many books, including Panorama du froid (2013), publ. L’Association; Branchages (2009), publ. L’Association; Against Comic Strip (2008), publ. L’Association; In America (2002), publ. L’Ampoule; Le Minimalisme (2016) with Christian Rosset, publ. Le Lombard; RG (2016) with Emmanuel Rabu, publ. L’Association. Gerner also regularly makes press drawings, including for Le Un, Libération, Le Monde, and The New York Times.

His art has been presented in solo exhibitions at Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy (2015), gallery Anne Barrault (2013), the Museum of Art and History in Bastia (2012), Lux in Valencia (2011), the Centre Pompidou’s children’s gallery in Paris (2010), and the Museum of Modern Art of Luxembourg (2009).

Gerner’s work has also been shown in collective exhibitions, including at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (2015), at the Artothèque in Caen (2014), at Maison Rouge in Paris (2014), and at the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow (2012).

The 2015 DRAWING NOW Award

Abdelkader Benchamma

The 5th DRAWING NOW Award has been rewarded to Abdelkader Benchamma, presented in focus by FL Gallery.

Interview of Abdelkader Benchamma realized by ouvretesyeux.

Abdelkader Benchamma was born in 1975 in Mazamet. He graduated from the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris in 2003. Benchamma was part of the 2009 Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, curated by Christian Bernard, and Told Untold Retold at the Mathaf Museum, Qatar. In April 2011, his solo show, Dark Matter, was held at the Galerie du Jour. Abdelkader Benchamma is represented by Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris, and AND Galeria, Barcelona.

Exhibition at Christie’s

Exhibition from March 24th to April 1st, 2016 at Christie’s France

Christie’s auction house and DRAWING NOW created a friendly partnership since 2014, to make contemporary drawing better known to the public.
In this respect, Christie’s auction house is pleased to display the work of the 5th laureate of the DRAWING NOW award, Abdelkader Benchamma, during the spring drawing sales. This initiative is to reinforce the public’s interest to this medium and to contribute to a memorable meeting between collectors and amateurs.

Christie’s Paris – 9 Avenue Matignon 75008 Paris

The previous winners of the Drawing Now Award

Cathryn Boch

Galerie Papillon

Prix Drawing Now 2014

Didier Rittener

Galerie  Lange + Pult

Prix Drawing Now 2013

Clément Bagot

Galerie Eric Dupont

Prix Drawing Now 2012

Catherine Melin

Galerie Isabelle Gounod

Prix Drawing Now 2011

The endowment fund for contemporary drawing

This award helps support an artist and recognizes their gallery’s work, with an endowment of € 5,000 from the Fund for Contemporary Drawing supported by SOFERIM.

The Endowment Fund organizes a contemporary drawing exhibition for the winner on the occasion of the next edition of DRAWING NOW PARIS.

The Endowment Fund for Contemporary Drawing was created to support artists at the beginning of their careers and, foremost, winners of the DRAWING NOW Award. This independent fund, conceived by Christine Phal – Founding President of DRAWING NOW PARIS I THE CONTEMPORARY DRAWING FAIR – assembles private donors and corporate sponsors within a single body.

Find out the Endowment fund for contemporary drawing and become Friends of DRAWING NOW.

Abdelkader Benchamma,
Le Soleil comme une plaque d’argent, 2014
Mat ink, charcoal and felt pen on wall.

DRAWING NOW Award partners